by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wohl waren es Tage der Sonne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wohl waren es Tage der Sonne,
Die Bäume blühten im Mai,
Dein Blick sprach Liebeswonne -
Das ist vorbei.

Verblüht sind lange die Bäume,
Der Herbst ist kommen geschwind;
Die Träume, die schönen Träume
Verweht der Wind.

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Confirmed with Emanuel Geibels Gesammelte Werke in acht Bänden, Erster Band, Jugendgedichte. Zeitstimmen. Sonette, Dritte Auflage, Stuttgart: Verlag der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung Nachfolger, 1893, page 69.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2005-10-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 37

They were truly days of sunshine
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They were truly days of sunshine,
The trees blossomed in May,
Your gaze spoke of the bliss of love --
That is past.

The trees have long ceased blooming,
Autumn has come quickly;
The dreams, the lovely dreams,
The wind blows them away.

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Translations of title(s):
"Lied des Mädchens" = "Song of the maiden"
"Mädchenlied" = "Maiden's song"
"Mädchenlieder. II" = "Songs of maidens. II"
"Vorbei" = "Past"
"Wohl waren es Tage der Sonne" = "They were truly days of sunshine"
"Wohl waren es Tage der Sonne, die Bäume blühten im Mai" = "They were truly days of sunshine, the trees blossomed in May"
"Wohl waren es Tage der Wonne" = "They were truly days of bliss"


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This text was added to the website: 2022-04-10
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Word count: 42